Originally Posted by Scott_in_TX
I really like that last statement!
A significant portion of the current "eco" movement is more motivated by profit than by finding workable solutions.
Pass a regulation here and there and the next thing you know; you too could be making millions by planting trees in another country.
*real trees may or may not actually be planted
*void where prohibited by common sense
*at participating legislatures only
Just a couple of points.
I have owned more Fords than other vehicles; I am most
familiar with their operation and maintenance. I generally look at Fords first because I am comfortable with them. However; I currently own a GMC a Dodge and a Kawasaki. No Ford.
I think internal combustion technology is nearing its peak. We don't use
the best technology; usually because it smells worse, or we worry about future availability of parts and maintenance.
And I think there is an view that exhaust smoke = more pollution = lower fuel efficiency
. I really don't think most people realize that diesels get better MPG.
I guess marketing could correct that; but when does marketing really try to educate?
I don't think there are more than a handful of advertisements that use facts and reason to convince you to buy their product.
Expensive cars tend to show that you can enjoy your retirement more or pick up classy women with one of their cars.
Sports cars and small trucks mean that you will have lots of friends that party and get hot scantily clad women.
Mid sized sedans mean a great family life, beautiful wife and precocious children.
The E.D. pills are the best commercials though. If you use Viagra you will have a 3 day old shave and be a problem solver; but there will be NO WOMEN around.
If you chose Cialis; it will give you an outdoor bath fetish. You will be in separate tubs; but at least there will be a great view and a Woman.
Right. The solution is a pipe dream that will never happen; consumers educating themselves and NOT relying on marketing. Then, the focus would be the best product, not the best advertisement.
I'm a Ford guy too, I'll admit it, but I definitely take a look at the other guys. Ford has to earn my business, they don't just get to have it! Right now I have a Ford Taurus and a Saturn. I like them both, but the Ford is certainly the better riding car, but the Saturn's fuel economy sure is nice...
I agree that the eco movement is motivated by profit, and that can work to their advantage! We all want the same thing, to do more with less money. Not a single one of us WANTS to spend more money on fuel. So rather than regulating weird emissions requirements or fuel starving exhaust systems, CONSUMERS can push the market to more efficient vehicles. The same vehicles, getting better gas mileage. You can have your pickup truck, full size sedan or compact car, but it will get better gas mileage than your old one. Less fuel being burned certainly makes the eco folks happy, and EVERYONE would be happy with spending less money on fuel. Living in a rural area fuel is a very significant part of my budget. My wife recently got a job closer to us, but before she was working an hour away and fuel was costing us $150 a week! (And that was including her riding her bike to work on occasion) When I go out to buy my next car, I will have a lot of things to consider, but fuel economy will be one of them. If I can get the type of car I'm looking for (probably another sedan) that gets better fuel economy than the other guy and with comparable features and reliability, that'll get my business. Capitalism at work. I'll buy the better product for the price I intend to spend.